Senior Law & Policy AnalystPhone: (301) 738-6247
Ellen Cornelius joined the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security in April 2008. Previously, Ms. Cornelius was selected for the Attorney General’s Honor’s Program. She lived in Houston, TX and was the law clerk to six judges in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 2005 to 2006, she worked as the law clerk to the Hon. John W. Debelius, III of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD.
Ms. Cornelius recently completed two projects for Maryland's Department of Health, and she teaches in the Master's of Science in Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She has worked for the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency during her time at CHHS. Among other responsibilities, she researched, wrote and tested evacuation, shelter and emergency transportation plans and guidelines. Additionally, she has managed the District’s Business Emergency Management Operations Center. Ms. Cornelius served as a liaison to the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program and contributed to the Presidential Inaugural planning in 2009.
Ms. Cornelius’ work with CHHS has focused on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations before, during, and after a disaster. She has expertise in planning and cybersecurity. She has graduated from the following courses: National Planners Course, Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program, Continuity of Operations Planning, Continuity Cyber Awareness, and Cyber Leaders Course. Ms. Cornelius participated in a panel at CyberMaryland 2017 regarding election security, and she published "The Continuing Battle over Privacy vs. Security" in the October 14, 2015 Domestic Preparedness Journal. In addition, she published "Chinese Hackers and their new Target--Federal Employees" in the Fall 2014 edition of U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine.
Ms. Cornelius is a member of the Maryland bar. She received a JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2005 with honors. In addition, she graduated with honors from Wake Forest University with a BA in Political Science in 2001. Ms. Cornelius’ interest in sheltering was sparked by a year of AmeriCorps service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Diego, CA. A native of Darnestown, MD, Ms. Cornelius now resides in Chevy Chase, MD.